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Earthquake hazards: a national threat

Fact Sheet 2006-3016

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Earthquakes are one of the most costly natural hazards faced by the Nation, posing a significant risk to 75 million Americans in 39 States. The risks that earthquakes pose to society, including death, injury, and economic loss, can be greatly reduced by (1) better planning, construction, and mitigation practices before earthquakes happen, and (2) providing critical and timely information to improve response after they occur. As part of the multi-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has the lead Federal responsibility to provide notification of earthquakes in order to enhance public safety and to reduce losses through effective forecasts based on the best possible scientific information.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Earthquake hazards: a national threat
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2006-3016
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Description:
2 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
USGS Science Helps Build Safer Communities
Number of Pages:
2
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N